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Local News October 24, 2014

United Nations Day marked by continuous brutal violations of International Laws by Turkey in Cyprus – Greece

In what is normally a rather typical statement in regard to the celebration of the United Nations Day, the Greek government on Friday took the opportunity to pinpoint and denounce what it calls “systematic violations” of the UN’s basic principles in Cyprus by Turkey.

Evangelos Venizelos, Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece said Ankara does not respect the sovereign rights of UN member countries, does not refrain from “offensive actions and threats in applying force”, is not “dedicated to…

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Local News October 24, 2014

President feeling ‘much better’

President Nicos Anastasiades is feeling much better today and will possibly be discharged from the hospital specialising in ear, nose and throat treatment in Brussels later today, sources told CNA on Friday.

The president, who travelled to Brussels to take part in the European Council meeting, was forced to pull out of the EU summit after suffering prolonged nosebleeds. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning where tests established he was suffering from hypertension.

In a written statement issued…

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International News October 24, 2014

Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

By Ellen Wulfhorst

A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America’s largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17.

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Local News October 24, 2014

Stylianides appointed EU’s Ebola ‘czar’

EUROPEAN Union leaders last night named Christos Stylianides, the incoming commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, to coordinate the bloc’s efforts to fight Ebola.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter that leaders meeting in Brussels had chosen the Cypriot as coordinator on Ebola, following a similar move by the United States which recently named Ron Klain as Ebola “czar”.

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Local News October 24, 2014

‘Mobsters financing political parties in Cyprus’

Mobsters are financing political parties in Cyprus, funnelling to them part of their ill-gotten gains, furloughed politician Christos Pourgourides has claimed.

The former DISY MP made the remarks during a live radio show on Thursday while discussing transparency – or the lack thereof – in party financing.

“It is not just businessmen and big capital that fund parties, but also the criminal underworld makes its contributions,” Pourgourides said.

This included both foreign and Cypriot business people operating out of Cyprus…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Sports body pledges to stamp out abuse of privilege among conscripts

THE Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) pledged on Thursday to stamp out abuse of the ‘professional athlete’ status given to army conscripts, with MPs saying they would have the Attorney-general look into whether sports officials broke the law.

The issue came to the fore a month ago amid allegations that the son of an athletics association member was given ‘professional athlete’ privileges in the army without once having played in a professional team. Special privileges for athlete-soldiers include being allowed out…

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Obituary October 24, 2014

Glyn Hughes: a life filled with colour

RENOWNED Cyprus-based artist Glyn Hughes has died aged 83. Hughes died of a heart attack in Limassol hospital yesterday morning.

Hughes came to Cyprus in 1956 and first worked at the Junior School from then until to the early ’90s, and taught countless children the wonders of light and colour in art. The children returned the favour – according to Hughes, it was not until he started teaching them that he learned a valuable lesson himself.
He said in…

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Business Local News October 24, 2014

Vgenopoulos blasts CySEC boss

FORMER head honcho at Laiki Bank (then known as Marfin Laiki) Andreas Vgenopoulos has blasted the chairperson of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) Demetra Kalogirou, accusing her of dereliction of duty for not investigating possible stock market manipulation.

In a letter sent addressed to Kalogirou on Thursday, and which he immediately made public, the Greek financier suggested that Kalogirou was deliberately stalling and trying to cover her lack of action with legalistic shenanigans.

In prior correspondence with Kalogirou,…

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International News October 23, 2014

Canada’s Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to boost security forces’ surveillance and detention powers on Thursday, a day after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead.

Addressing the House of Commons just meters from the spot where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals.

“The objective of these attacks was…

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Local News October 23, 2014

UN chief optimistic about Cyprus settlement

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is optimistic that the objective for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem can be achieved, provided that the current political will of the leaders and of their respective communities prevails and that there is continuing support from the international community.

In a report of the UN General Assembly on the organisation`s special missions, including Cyprus, dated September 4 and circulated on October 22, the UN Secretary General notes that, `following an intensive period of…

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